Currently in a $350 million anti-trust lawsuit, consumers have allegedly found foul play done by Apple in the early days of the iPod.

During deliberations Wednesday, December 3rd, The Wall Street Journal reports that the prosecution alleged Apple knowingly detected and deleted music brought in from separate sources - specifically RealPlayer. "You guys decided to give them the worst possible experience and blow up," says prosecutor Patrick Coughlin, with the discovery.

In 2004, when the lawsuit originally stemmed from, consumers who purchased music through RealPlayer were unable to sync their material to the relatively new iPods. Apple's software, often, directed those users to restore default settings to allow the sync process to work - deleting the music entirely. Apple security director Augustin Farruguia somewhat acknowledged the practice, but cited that the sync process was to help avoid potential hacking.

"We don’t need to give users too much information," he says. "We don’t want to confuse users."

The technology in question, which is no longer used by Apple, was FairPlay. The digital rights management encryption was implemented to prevent users from accessing the files on unauthorized systems. It has since been removed from songs sold by Apple, although it still exists in apps authorized by the company.

Deliberations are still ongoing with software chief Eddy Cue and head of marketing Phil Schiller set to testify next week.